Summary: Could “reciprocal accountability” – a concept based upon a more equitable distribution of power between governments and Indigenous peoples – help to liberate Indigenous health services globally from the red tape imposed by governments (as outlined in Australia in the 2011 publication, The Overburden Report)?
These and related discussions about new models for commissioning Indigenous health services were canvassed at the recent Health Services and Policy Research Conference in Melbourne (#HSR15). Croakey Article
Summary: Whether it’s big or small, linked or discrete, qualitative or quantitative – data is at the centre of all health services research and has been a key theme of the #HSR15 conference in Melbourne this week.
A number of presentations demonstrated new and innovative ways of using data to challenge commonly held assumptions about the health system and to generate solutions to challenging problems.
Summary: Researchers identified many challenges and opportunities for the never-ending cycles of primary healthcare reform at the recent Health Services and Policy Research Conference in Melbourne (#HSR15). Croakey Article
Summary: As well as having universal health systems, Australia and Canada have a shared history as Commonwealth nations with similar federal democratic political systems and many common cultural and geographical characteristics.
Given these similarities, it is not surprising that the Australian and Canadian health systems are facing similar challenges.
The role of health services research in meeting these challenges was explored at a symposium at #HSR15 that focused on comparing the performance of the Australian and Canadian health systems with respect to cost-related access and timeliness and equity for vulnerable populations. Croakey Article
The private health sector and many other areas of Australia’s health system are under-researched, and offer ripe pickings for health services researchers, according to presentations at the #HSR15 conference in Melbourne.
In addition to Professor Kathy Eagar’s advice that all early career health services researchers should “get out of your university and go and work in a health service”, other experienced researchers have plenty of pointed suggestions for the field. Croakey Article
Summary: This Fact Sheet from the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand explains how economic evaluation and the incremental cost per Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) gained inform decisions about the value, and the funding of new health technologies and services. Fact Sheet
Summary: This Opinion Piece from the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand argues that, if the MBS Review is to be an agent of improving quality and value in healthcare (not just cutting costs), we need to develop robust methods of evaluating the patient outcomes of any changes made. Opinion Piece
Summary: In the midst of tighter budgets, and increasing demand for health care, the pressure is on both Federal and State governments to be more efficient and effective with the allocation of limited health care resources. This opinion piece looks at the lessons from Canada and the United Kingdom and concludes that taking a more explicit approach to priority setting and disinvestment that includes relevant stakeholder groups can lead to successful service redesign and disinvestment activity. Opinion Piece